Sound Of Metal
Cert 15, 120 minutes, on Amazon Prime Video from 12 April
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci Director: Darius Mard
THE PLOT: Couple Ruben (Ahmed) and Lou (Cooke) are a heavy metal duo who live in their RV, criss-crossing the US from one gig to the next. When drummer Ruben suffers a sudden loss of hearing, his world falls apart. WHAT’S RIGHT WITH IT? Indie filmmaker Marder brilliantly plunges us inside Ruben’s head, aided by Riz’s wonderfully committed performance. Veteran character actor Paul Raci adds authenticity as a man who runs an addiction-treatment centre for the deaf community. WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT? It’s not a criticism, but Marder’s decision to include open captions – so deaf and hearing audiences have the same experience of the film – may irk some viewers. VERDICT: This multi-oscarnominated character study is as powerful as it is original.